Cool Photos of The Freezing Weather As Polar Vortex Moves Across the U.S.

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 09: Ice floes fill the Hudson River as the New Jersey waterfront is seen during sunset on January 9, 2014 in New York City. A recent cold spell, caused by a polar vortex descending from the Arctic, caused the floes to form in the Hudson. (Photo by Afton Almaraz/Getty Images)
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On Tuesday, the weather phenomenon known as the polar vortex brought some of the lowest temperatures in decades to cities across most of the United States. Harsh weather conditions have caused record lows, cancelled flights, and at least 15 deaths — as well as Instagram feeds of nothing but weather forecast screenshots. But here's the good news: temperatures could be above freezing by Wednesday, and meteorologists predict temperatures will moderate by the end of the week.

While you burrow in your Snuggie, you can watch bottled water freeze instantly, or boiling water turn into snow in slow motion. But first, take a look at these images of the freezing weather across the United States. 

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Chicago, IL

Ice builds up along Lake Michigan.

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New York, NY

Commuting was a little more difficult as NYC reached five degrees — its lowest temperatures in 118 years.

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Chicago, IL

Steam rises off of Lake Michigan in front of the Chicago skyline.

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Detroit, MI

A Detroit resident makes the most of the weather during her commute.

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Boston, MA

A woman digs her car out of the snow. While Boston’s residents weren’t nearly as cold as some other Americans this morning, Hercules left nearly two feet of snow for them to deal with.

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Wisconsin

Windchill made parts of Wisconsin feel as cold as -50 to -60°F today.

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Boston, MA

Snow piles up in front of Home Depot in Boston.

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Chicago, IL

Waiting for the El train at the Damen stop.

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Detroit, MI

Snow removal reaches new heights in Detroit.

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Chicago, IL

Temperatures as low as -16°F had Chicago commuters dressed like Arctic explorers. His glasses are frozen.

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Detroit, MI

Yeah, we know that feeling.

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Chicago, IL

Here’s one solution to the polar vortex.

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New York, NY

Winning.

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